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Does being very tall mean you have Marfan syndrome?

Does being very tall mean you have Marfan syndrome?

Not Necessarily: But it is possible. A visit to the doctor with that question in mind should provide the answer. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott McLean
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Marfan Syndrome (Definition)

Marfan's syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by defects in a protein called fibrillin that, along with collagen, provides most of the structural support of our tissues. Individuals with Marfan's are often tall, lanky, have long arm spans, and are hyperflexible. The most serious complication of Marfan's is caused by defects in the wall of the aorta, the large blood vessel that leaves the heart and supplies the ...Read more


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Does a person have to be tall to be diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome? How often does it occur in average height or shorter people?

Does a person have to be tall to be diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome? How often does it occur in average height or shorter people?

Usually tall & thin.: Most universities that recruit such a person because they are tall & good players, the usually test 4 marfans B4 signing them.tall thin women have it more commonly than males. Also they really stand out in high school due to their height. ...Read more

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I have scoliosis, does that mean I also have Marfan syndrome?

I have scoliosis, does that mean I also have Marfan syndrome?

No,: Marfan's is diagnosed using major and minor criteria: major (enlarged aorta/ tear, dislocation of lens of the eye, specific skeletal abnormalities, dural ectasia. Minor (myopia, stretch marks, loose joints, arched palate, long thin face) if family history is positive, you need to have 1 major and one minor criteria. If no family history you need 2 major and 1 minor criteria/ different parts /body. ...Read more

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Im f, 5'6(tall) , thin, long arms&legs, hands r big w/long fingers &are flexible, but my body is not flexible, narrow face&jaw, do I have Marfan syndrome?

Can be cryptic: Most people who are thin do not have a connective tissue disease (marfan syndrome.) there is a formal diagnostic approach for suspected marfan syndrome, though, and it is worth reading. Here is a link to a helpful site: http://www.Marfan.Org/expectations/diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is Marfan syndrome?

Genetic disorder: Of connective tissue that affects many bodily systems.The national marfan foundation has a very nice website that will answer any questions you have about marfan syndrome. Go to www.Marfan.Org. ...Read more

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What is Marfan syndrome ?

Marfans/ehler danlos: Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder, tissues that strengthen bodies structures. In most cases it is inherited condition, but approx 30% of patients have no family history tall arms and height, affects lungs, heart and aorta, eyes causing cataract, skin problems, and tissue covering the spinal chord. ...Read more

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What causes Marfan syndrome?

What causes Marfan syndrome?

Genetic mutation: Marfan syndrome is caused by a gene mutation (in the fbn1 gene). A mutation leads to defective, weakened connective tissue throughout the body. Symptoms show up in the parts of the body where shape and structural integrity relies a lot on the weakened type of connective tissue. ...Read more

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What exactly is Marfan syndrome?

What exactly is Marfan syndrome?

Genetic disorder: Fbn1 gene controls connective tissue metabolism. If there are mutations or repeats, then marfa's will result. The symptoms are the result of malformed collagen. So dislocated lens in eye, heart valve problems, scoliosis, pneumothorax, artery problems may occur. Most cases are inherited, but occasionally marfan's occurs from a spontaneous mutation. This gene can be tested for in a blood specimen. ...Read more

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How dangerous is Marfan syndrome?

Marfan syndrome: affects the body's connective tissue and can cause problems in the eyes, joints, and heart. Marfan syndrome has no cure, but doctors can provide symptomatic management. ...Read more